Another meeting planned to discuss fate of Sheffield trees

Darren Butt, operations manager of Amey talks to residents of Rustlings Road and surrounding streets about the trees being cut down. Picture: Andrew Roe
Darren Butt, operations manager of Amey talks to residents of Rustlings Road and surrounding streets about the trees being cut down. Picture: Andrew Roe
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A further meeting is set to be held to discuss the fate of trees which are facing the axe on a Sheffield road.

Last night campaigners trying to save 11 lime trees on Rustlings Road close to Endcliffe Park met with Coun Terry Fox, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for environment, to explore potential solutions.

A further meeting will now be held tomorrow afternoon involving Coun Fox, council staff, workers from highways contractor Amey and local councillors, where the issue will be discussed again.

Amey says the trees need to be removed as they are damaging the road and replacements will be planted.

But campaigners are calling for a ‘moratorium’ on the felling and an independent review to be carried out by tree experts.

Coun Fox said: “I would like to thank all those residents of Rustlings Road and campaigners who attended last night’s meeting. It was very interesting listening to their views and hearing the passion they have for the trees.

“I have agreed to take the ideas that the group had back to discuss with the Streets Ahead team and local ward councillors to see if any of them are feasible. Although we are using sensitive engineering solutions to retain 19 out of the 30 trees on Rustlings Road, I want to explore all options to see if any of them would allow the remaining 11 trees to be retained.

“Once all the options have been explored and they have been investigated we will then make a final decision about these trees.”

More than 2,300 people have signed an online petition and the campaign has been backed by Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg, as well as guitarist Richard Hawley and Pulp drummer Nick Banks.